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Dragon Ball Super

The Japanese Vol. 1 cover

Dragon Ball SuperドラゴンボールスーパーDoragon Bōru Sūpā

Genre Shōnen, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Science Fiction, Bangsian Fantasy

Manga Series: Dragon Ball Super

Authored by
Serialized in

Japan V Jump

Original run

June 20, 2015 –

No. of volumes


Dragon Ball Super (ドラゴンボールスーパー Doragon Bōru Sūpā) is a Japanese manga and sequel to the Dragon Ball manga, written by Toyotarō and overseen by Akira Toriyama. The manga began publication in June 2015, serialized in the monthly magazine V-Jump. The manga is also being released in English by Viz Media, which started in May 2017.

The manga was being published simultaneously with the production of the Dragon Ball Super anime but went ahead of it following the Universe Survival Saga.

A full color version of the manga is being released.[1]



The Dragon Ball Super manga picks up the story of Goku and his adventures following the defeat of Majin Buu, but prior to the final chapters involving the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament. While an adaptation of Toriyama's outline, it has many storyline differences when compared to the two most-recent Dragon Ball Z movies and the Dragon Ball Super anime.


Akira Toriyama writes plot outlines which Toyotarō uses as a basis for the stories and Toriyama personally helps put the manga together. Toyotarō creates the dialogue and illustrations, expanding, adding, and changing elements from Toriyama's plan as he deems appropriate. Akira Toriyama believes Toyotarō's freedom to change the story makes the final product better.[2] Akira Toriyama also checks through all of Toyotarō's storyboards for the manga,[2][3] and edits things to make sure everything is correct.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10] To accomplish this, Toyotarō has his draft sent to Toriyama, who goes over it and then sends back parts that he drew himself with corrections to Toyotarō in order to get the final product perfect.[11] Toyotarō also makes sure that his manga follows Toriyama's continuity.[12]

Akira Toriyama has a very positive view of Toyotarō's manga, noting that Toyotarō is always accurate when drawing the manga, unlike with the anime where he always has to ask for things to be fixed, and is grateful that Toyotarō is drawing the continuation of his story.[3] He also believes that if the animators for the anime use Toyotarō's manga as a reference it will keep them on track.[2]

As the series has progressed Toyotarō has been given more control over the state of Dragon Ball Super, making some additions to the plot overview which have been implemented into both the manga and the anime, such as the appearance of Vegito in the "Future" Trunks Saga.[13]

By the time of the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, Victory Uchida was working with Toriyama and Toyotarou on the story. Toyotarou's storyboards had progressed to be more detailed due to Toriyama checking them more than before, with the two narrowing down story ideas, Toriyama and Toyotarou have good compatibility as writers, with their ideas never clashing and the two usually agreeing on ideas during meetings, though Toriyama has the majority of input.[14] Uchida is also present at the story meetings.[14] At this point draft pages were also being released, with chapter 65's drafts specifically being left on a cliffhanger as the arc was approaching it's climax.[14]

Unlike the anime, the manga does not include an adaptation of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, likely in part due to it already having been partially adapted into manga form (though the events of the movie are still mentioned in the Super manga). In the Tournament of Power Saga's flashback to the events of Frieza's revenge a panel from the Resurrection ‘F’ manga was shown.

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The Dragon Ball Super manga's volumes are also given their own advertisements, with these ads highlighting them as the sequel to Toriyama's original manga.[15][16] A wall of Dragon Ball Super information displayed at Dragon Ball Tour 2018 section of the 2018 Comic-Con in English and at Tokyo Skytree in Japanese noted that the Dragon Ball Super manga is the canon sequel (正統続編) to the original Dragon Ball manga.[17][18][19]

As the Dragon Ball Super manga skips over the Golden Frieza Saga and Broly Saga, V-Jump suggests to readers to include the Film Animation Comics of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ and Dragon Ball Super: Broly when doing a full run-through.[20]

Story Arcs

  1. God of Destruction Beerus Saga (chapter 1chapter 4)
  2. Universe 6 Saga (chapter 5chapter 13)
  3. "Future" Trunks Saga (chapter 14chapter 26)
  4. Tournament of Power Saga (chapter 27chapter 42)
  5. Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga (chapter 42chapter 67)
  6. Granolah the Survivor Saga (chapter 67 — )


Shueisha released the first volume of Dragon Ball Super in Japan on April 4, 2016. It includes chapters 1 through 9. The second volume containing chapters 10 through 15 was released on December 2, 2016. The third volume containing chapters 16 through 20 was released on June 2, 2017. The fourth volume containing chapters 21 through 24 was released on November 2, 2017. The fifth volume was released on March 2, 2018 containing chapters 25 through 28. The sixth volume containing chapters 29 through 32 was released on June 4, 2018. The seventh volume containing chapters 33 through 36 was released on September 4, 2018. The eighth volume containing chapters 37 through 40 was released on December 4, 2018. The ninth volume containing chapters 41 through 44 was released on April 3, 2019. The tenth volume containing chapters 45 through 48 was released on August 2, 2019. The eleventh volume containing chapters 49 through 52 was released on December 4, 2019. The twelfth volume containing chapters 53 though 56 was released on April 3, 2020. The thirteenth volume containing chapters 57 though 60 was released on August 4, 2020. The fourteenth volume containing chapters 61 though 64 was released on December 4, 2020. The fifteenth volume containing chapters 65 through 68 was released on April 4, 2021. The sixteenth volume containing chapters 69 through 72 was released on August 4, 2021. The seventeenth volume containing chapters 73 through 76 was released on December 3, 2021. The eighteenth volume containing chapters 77 through 80 was released on April 4, 2022.

Also in April 3, 2020, the first three volumes of a new digital full colored version of the manga were released by Shueisha.[1] The release dates for subsequent digital colored volumes are as follows, volume four on May 1, 2020, volume five on June 4, 2020, volume six on July 3, 2020, volume seven on August 4, 2020, volume eight on September 4, 2020, volume nine on October 2, 2020, volume ten on November 4, 2020, volume eleven on December 4, 2020, volume twelve on January 4, 2021, volume thirteen on February 4, 2021, volume fourteen on March 4, 2021, volume fifteen on July 2, 2021, volume sixteen on November 4, 2021 and volume seventeen on March 4, 2022.

The limited edition version of Volume 5 has Future Trunks cover up Future Zeno on the spine art, with Zeno noticing this above them.[21]

English Distribution

Viz Media started publishing chapters in English on their official website on June 24, 2016, adding new chapters every two weeks until they caught up, starting with Chapter 22. Since then Viz publishes the latest chapters of the manga on the 20th or 21st of each month to coincide with the release in Japan.

Viz Media began releasing the collected volumes in English starting in 2017; releasing Volume 1 in May and Volume 2 in December. In 2018, Volume 3 was released in July. In 2019, Volume 4 was released in January, Volume 5 in May, Volume 6 in September and Volume 7 in December. In 2020, Volume 8 was released in March, Volume 9 in June, Volume 10 in September and Volume 11 in December. In 2021, Volume 12 released in March, Volume 13 in June and Volume 14 in September. In 2022, Volume 15 released in January, Volume 16 in August and Volume 17 in December.


Staff[Notes 1]
Author(s) Akira Toriyama
Marlene First (editor)
Illustrator(s) Toyotarou
Shawn Carrico (1–9), Jay Zhang (10–present) (designer)
James Gaubatz (touch-up art (4–8); lettering (7–10))
Paolo Gattone and Chiara Antonell (touch-up art (1–3) and lettering (1–6))
Brandon Bovia (touch-up art and additional lettering (9–10); lettering (11–present))
Translator(s) Toshikazu Aikawa (1–6), Christine Dashiell (5–6) and Caleb Cook (5–present)


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